Dementia, and specifically Alzheimer's, is a serious, growing problem. In fact, 1 out of every 10 adults over the age of 65 has Alzheimer’s dementia. As Chippewa Falls’s senior population continues to grow (11.85% growth between 2013 and 2017), so does the concern about aging and the risk of cognitive impairment.
In Chippewa Falls, the number of deaths for those 65 and older caused or partly caused by Alzheimer’s disease increased by 72% between 2013 and 2017, while the number of deaths from all causes for that same age group decreased by 6.4%, showing that Alzheimer’s is a serious concern in the region. Although, the percentage of seniors’ deaths related to Alzheimer’s is lower than the rest of the nation (3.3% in Chippewa Falls vs. 6.46% in the U.S.).
To help families and caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s or other forms of cognitive impairment find the support and care their loved ones need, we applied our unique methodology and spent more than a dozen hours researching senior living communities in Chippewa Falls. In addition to an overview of the communities’ best features, this guide highlights the best memory care facilities in the city, and gives information about pricing, types of care provided, residents’ reviews, and more.
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, 83% of all caregivers are unpaid family members, relatives, or other friends, and nearly half of all care is for older adults with some form of dementia. Caregiving, especially when it involves Alzheimer’s or dementia, is extremely exhausting and time-consuming, leading many caregivers to feel isolated and overwhelmed.
As a loved one continues to progress through the stages of dementia and his or her cognitive abilities continue to decline, behavioral problems, safety, and general care often become more than one caregiver can handle. This is when it’s important to find extra help, and residential facilities that have specialized memory care programs are often the best solution.
In addition to providing a safe environment, memory care programs seek to delay or halt cognitive decline while providing the opportunity for a social, independent lifestyle.
To choose the best memory care facilities in Chippewa Falls, our team of researchers started by using our unique methodology to develop a list of contenders. We further refined the list in the next phase of our process by completing hands-on research for each one of the companies that we developed. Finally, we compiled online reviews from residents and families and wrote summaries of each facility that made it through our selection process.
Overall, our team:
Care Partners Assisted Living and Memory Care in Altoona strives to enable seniors to become functionally independent by providing specialized care plans tailored to their needs, and encouraging residents to participate in the community's stimulating activities. The event calendar has been designed to engage seniors with a variety of interests through arts and crafts, baking, music, exercise classes and volunteer opportunities. Residents have a choice between a private or shared suite. All rooms include individually controlled climate systems and daily housekeeping services. In addition to healthy snacks, residents can enjoy three daily dietitian approved meals in the community dining room.
Residents' family members and visitors tend to be most impressed with the cleanliness of the facilities. One online reviewer said, "Care partners was smaller, quiet, and newer. The rooms seemed to be really nice ... They had a small courtyard."
A stately Elizabethan-style home on a hill in Chippewa Falls, Dove Healthcare-Rutledge is an assisted living community focused on memory care. The facility aims to provide compassionate service with a small-town feel. All-inclusive rates include private rooms, meals lovingly prepared with local food and ample opportunities for engagement and bonding. Residents have access to in-house therapy, assistance with transfers and medication management. Trained resident assistants and a registered nurse are on-site to provide around-the-clock care. Visitors are welcome to join residents for meals and stay overnight in the complimentary family guest room. Other convenient amenities include beautician services and a well-stocked library. Dove Healthcare-Rutledge overlooks Irvine Park and is just minutes away from St. Joseph’s Hospital and other healthcare providers.
Testimonials highlight the respectful, caring attitude among the staff at Dove Healthcare-Rutledge. One relative observed: "I wish I could name all of the excellent staff at the Dove Healthcare - Rutledge Home that provide such excellent care and service... This is regardless of the payer source, patient needs, and needs of the facility...."
Heritage Court Eau Claire is located in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, close to Oakwood Mall and various commercial amenities along Mall Drive. As part of the Heritage Senior Living Communities, this facility uses the Toddy’s Touch approach to memory care through various forms of therapy and activities. Some of the methods used include the A Measure in Time Music & Memory program, Teepa Snow and Best Friends techniques, iPad-based memory training games and non-medication therapy, such as pet, aroma and art therapies. The monthly activities have varying themes, and there are dedications to honoring residents’ life stories. Residents may opt to dine in the dining room or garden courtyard, and seniors who enjoy some pampering can relax in the spa rooms. The facility’s secure, dementia-friendly layout lets residents stroll freely and safely.
People admire Heritage Court Eau Claire for the excellent quality of care the staff provides, as well as the delicious food and impressive amenities. One reviewer observes, "You can really tell that the staff here really care for those who live there. The staff really take effort into making the residents smile every day, feel well cared for and loved.”
Between the facility's layout, security features and supervision from the highly-trained staff, every aspect of Lake Hallie Memory Care has been thoughtfully designed to ensure residents' security. Residents participate in activities matched to their abilities and interests to reduce frustrations and anxiety, manage weight and decrease the use of behavior-controlling medications. Registered nurses perform wellness assessments multiple times a week and coordinate care with the residents' physicians of choice. The facility features several dining rooms where residents enjoy three chef-prepared meals a day, including accommodations for special diets. Enclosed courtyards allow residents to socialize outdoors while enjoying the safety of the secure environment. In addition to assistance with activities of daily living, residents have access to on-site physical, speech and occupational therapy.
Several residents' family members mention the staff's friendliness and willingness to make accommodations. One resident's child states, "I like how the staff keeps in touch with the family, and they call me for anything going on at all."
Tucked away in a quiet residential area, Our House Senior Living in Chippewa Falls offers memory care, as well as respite and hospice care. Residents can relax in several homey seating areas, including a patio and a traditionally furnished common area with a fireplace. In the dining room, three home-cooked meals are served daily, and a variety of tasty snacks are available. The community's activity calendar is specially designed for those with memory loss and gives residents plenty of fun things to do, such as art and photo enrichment. Memory care residents also have their own private rooms and baths.
Reviewers praise the staff, who "care for the residents like family." Another notes, "they always have fun activities going on and the atmosphere feels like you are at home with the love and positive attitudes from everyone.”
At Red Cedar Canyon Senior Living Community, residents are encouraged to lead a lifestyle that preserves their independence and dignity. Seniors can enjoy the comfort of their own private apartment, and pets are warmly welcomed to keep them company. Three daily meals are served restaurant-style, with special considerations made to accommodate any dietary requirements, and residents are treated to music and entertainment every Friday night. There are three levels of memory care available to suit seniors' individual needs, which include services such as medication management, showering and bathing assistance, escorts and reminders. The facility offers a tenant wellness program, which focuses on the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being of each resident. Activities are tailored to meet seniors' wants and interests, and include exercise classes, arts and crafts, baking, gardening, pet therapy and social hours. Residents also have the opportunity to attend regularly scheduled lunch and shopping outings.
What residents and their families love most about the community is its commitment to delivering personalized, attentive care to each senior. One reviewer comments, "The caregivers are so kind and caring to each resident and show how they care and make each resident feel secure and comfortable. It gives each one the feeling it is their home, they do not feel they are in a nursing home."
Stoney River Assisted Living & Memory Care aims to provide its residents with a balance of support and lifestyle. Around-the-clock care is available and staff can help with medication management and coordinating medical appointments. Residents who savor fine dining may enjoy the farm-to-table meals prepared by the community’s chef. Amenities include a theater room and whirlpool spa, while in the memory care space, residents enjoy an enclosed courtyard and kitchen designed for safe cooking and baking. Activities offered in the facility honor the preferences of residents and include fitness, gardening and art programs. Stoney River also has opportunities for seniors to connect with the surrounding community and mentor people of all ages.
Reviewers describe the beautiful facility at Stoney River Assisted Living & Memory Care, with one stating, "The high quality buildings make you feel at home." Residents' family members also mention the caring and attentive staff, and the friendliness of the community, with one noting, "Grampa really enjoys the new friendships he’s made.”
Tender Reflections of Weston is an assisted living community specializing in providing quality memory care in a comfortable, secure setting. The facility takes a person-centered approach to care that celebrates the individuality of each resident and nurtures the mind, body and spirit. Its customized care plans offer seniors assistance with activities such as grooming, bathing, dressing, eating and incontinence management, while still respecting their independence. Three daily meals are served in the family-style dining room, and a private dining room is available for special gatherings and events. Residents have access to a variety of amenities, including spacious common areas, a salon and barbershop, fitness room and secure outdoor courtyard. Daily activities allow seniors to stay mentally, physically and socially active, and scheduled off-site excursions provide opportunities for residents to engage with the local community.
Residents and their families love the supportive and engaging atmosphere at Tender Reflections of Weston. One woman, whose mother has been a resident for over three years, shares, "They have helped make it "home" for her. Tender Reflections has provided the care we couldn't provide for her. Mom loves getting her hair done in the salon weekly. The staff have become family to both Mom and my siblings."
This family-owned community offers serene, creek side living in facilities that formerly housed one of the premiere country clubs in the Eau Claire region. For those living with the challenges of Alzheimer’s and dementia, The Classic provides an optimal balance of security, independence, empowerment, and honor. The Classic’s highly-trained, licensed professionals ensure 24-hour individualized care, while our Life Enrichment staff is trained in the concept of generating daily moments of success by offering opportunities for residents to find happiness and meaning along with supporting their unique needs. This overall approach to interaction with memory care residents focuses on creating feelings of belonging and purpose while seeking to preserve their identity and sense of self.
Residents and their families love the quality of the facility and staff. One reviewer noted, "My father move into The Classic at Hillcrest Greens in January 2020. The quality of living at the Classic is outstanding. The staff is amazing, the facility is is in pristine conditions and the food quality is top of the line."
Wellington Place Biron is a senior living community in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, offering assisted living and memory care. With its 24-hour staff specially trained in dementia care and a location convenient to medical centers, family members gain extra peace of mind knowing help is only moments away in the event of an emergency. Residents receive three home-cooked meals a day, as well as all-day snacks and beverages. All of the bathrooms are wheelchair accessible and equipped with safety bars to reduce the risk of falls. By carefully choosing activities that meet residents' interests and abilities, Wellington Place Biron ensures seniors stay engaged and looking forward to the next day's adventure. When residents desire a bit of quiet time with a good book, the well-stocked library is only steps away.
"The staff seems to genuinely care for her," is what one resident's family member said about the facility's caregivers. Other reviewers have echoed that sentiment in addition to being impressed with the community's amenities.